Quote: Originally Posted by Sopolias Falst
... ... ... I have kept all my music libraries for 5 years in a separate partition of the same HDD, never had any issues whatsoever. Then when I changed HDDs, I simply backed up the libraries to DVDs, copied them to the new HDD and threw away the DVDs as I won't ever need them. Unless you are afraid of a hard disk failure, wasting time and money to back up anything is useless with today's huge HDDs. And even if it fails, you can always get the data back...
With todays huge hdd's is EXACTLY WHY you SHOULD backup stuff -- copying to another drive is quick easy and cheap.
And without backup WHERE do you get the data back again from -- most music services have a time limit on downloads - and some songs you got years ago might not be available any more or you can't remember where you got them from.
I certainly wouldn't want to re-download or re-rip 500 GB or more of music.
I'd bet you wouldn't like it if your bank didn't have backup -- or said --sorry we have to recover our data -- come back again in 3 days when you can get your money.
Also you could get robbed, or your home could get flooded / damaged by fire etc etc.
Believe me any mechanical device can and WILL fail eventually.
Those that don't think so are living in cloud cuckoo land.
I just hope you never run a business -- if you don't have backup of accounts / customer orders/ invoices etc etc you'll never survive even the FIRST tax audit.
In most countries --including yours I believe - commercial data must be retained for between 7 to 10 years so you will need to have it archived somewhere - and woe betide you if the archive gets lost -- serious jail time BTW in most countries.